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A highlight from New Voice Dialects for Alexa & Concerns Over App & Software Accessibility

Double Tap Canada

04:17 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from New Voice Dialects for Alexa & Concerns Over App & Software Accessibility

"This is an AMI podcast. Hey guys, welcome to another episode of double tap for Monday the 28th of November 2022 coming up today, Sean and I will be talking about lady a but not about her demise this time, but actually some new features. New features. I thought she was dead. You're listening to double time. Your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott and Sean breeze. Oh, hello. How are you today? I am beautiful. Thank you, Steven Scott. What an intro that was. What a glorious optimistic start to the show. I thought she was dead. Gorgeous. I have to say it so I remember years ago I went for I went to a band. If I don't do these kind of things very often because no one ever asks me to do them. And I wonder why? I went along to this benefit for breast cancer. It was raising money, where I have to tell you was the best day of my life because I won a car. True story, I won a car. And there's a lot to unpack in this. But how do I get to this thing? I'm winning a kilt. I mean, I was in full Scottish regalia. There I am and I win a car. It was a bizarre thing. But that wasn't the weirdest part of the night. And I have to say a most night so that's often the case for me. I want a car was not the weirdest bit of the night. I'm still stuck on you wearing a kilt. I actually had to pay someone to come to my hotel room to fit me out in it because I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, I knew in Scotland just supposed to be born to understand how to win a kilt. Just wrap it around yourself. It's just basically a time, there's all these consumers. Is that French wood? Did you have your sparrow on? I had spawns. I had like a little knife thing, the ski and do I think they call it? You have that in your sock? In case I will kicks off, which, you know, it's a Scottish event in Mike. So yeah. Gorgeous. I want to start with beautiful. Although I will say, I was beautiful. Well, I thought I was until I saw myself in the mirror and I thought, do you know what I look like? I look like a bell with two legs sticking at the bottom of it. And I just thought, no. So stop it. Honestly, I couldn't. I never wear that again. I just looked ridiculous. So anyway, that was it. But I go to the event and we sit down at dinner. And sit next to me is a very prominent Scottish newsreader. She's very well known. She's been doing it for years. This has been working in TV news for everybody. But she hasn't been on TV for a long time. And I turned to her and I said, God, I thought you were dead. Oh. And I have to say with a great night. I mean, that's not an offensive thing to say in Scotland. Most people appear to be dead. So being dead is only just a step next along, right? So it doesn't really mean much different. Anyway, yes, and I want a car, which I gave away. I actually gave the car away because it was someone in the room who really could have done with it more than a me. And there was no use to me. So I gave away. Well, that's the beautiful, beautiful thing. Well done you. I am a star. I'm a hero. Okay, I thought the show couldn't get off to a rocky start, but apparently now you're here. And not only that, we're recording this in a different platform to do. We thought we'd try something new because we are. Everyone's raving about clean feet, right? And I thought, okay, let's try this thing out. So if this makes it to ear, this was a resounding success. If, however, you're heating bird song right now. On EMI audio, then it didn't go quite so well. Hashtag late to the game. I mean, you know, clean feeds been around for ages, but we do have much love with it before, though, so fingers crossed. Yeah, I think it's crossed with this one. I mean, look, if it's a complete disaster it's on you because I know secretly we're just going to tell people that you decided cleavage is a good idea. But yeah, no, of course. I understand. That's why I'm here. Hello. But I did want to test, I hope, because one of the things that I've heard a lot about from people is it's really accessible. And it's a great platform for a record. And for people who don't know us, for recording podcasts, try for recordings, not for meetings. It's not that kind of thing. It's not like a zoom equivalent. This is purely for recording podcasts. And the idea is it's supposed to give you the highest quality audio.

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A highlight from The Trap of Buy Now, Pay Later

Slate's If Then

07:10 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from The Trap of Buy Now, Pay Later

"The site seen on EV dot com teaches so much about electric vehicles. Did you know you can charge an EV at home or thousands of D.C. fast chargers nationwide? And the Chargers are in places you'd want them to be. Grocery stores, malls, offices, right along the highway. Electric vehicles are worth watching. Head to scene on EV dot com to learn more. This episode is brought to you by Schwab. Do you ever think about your money? Sure you do. You probably think about it all the time. But guess what? Your money has been thinking about you, too. And it wants you to know that a financial plan can lead to 2.7 times higher net worth on average. That's why Schwab makes starting one easier than ever with one on one guidance from a financial consultant and a complimentary online retirement plan that you can start in as little as 15 minutes. Plus, track your progress with free digital planning tools. So what are you waiting for? Visit Schwab dot com slash plan today to learn more. In the early days of the pandemic, Bloomberg news reporter, paulina cachero, found herself scrolling through TikTok. Yeah, part of it was doom scrolling. But she was also looking for something escapist to watch. And it was kind of fun to see all of these things that people were buying online. Everyone was online shopping. You guys, after payday is finally here. So let's recap all of the outfits. I purchased for vacation. Pauline covers personal finance, and she noticed that more and more of that online shopping was done through apps that let you buy now and pay later. From companies like klarna or afterpay. After pay got me hell is bull. I don't care if it's just $20 Karen. I said split it up into four equal payments of $5. But then I started to see some problematic videos of, you know, younger borrowers talking about, oh, I have this massive balance on after pay that I can't afford. Maybe if I just close my account, no one will find me. Paulina knew she'd found a story. One about Generation Z, and a new kind of debt. While they were joking about it, this seemed to me to be a very real issue, and this was a new trendy niche financial product. You know, that really made themselves out to be made for this younger generation. But to me, as someone who was managed my own credit cards, taken on student loans, I was like, these are loans. And this is debt that you have to pay. And it seemed like they might not understand the consequences. Today on the show, the consequences. Buy now pay later apps exploded during the pandemic. Now, the real cost is becoming clear. Just in time for holiday shopping. I'm Lizzie O'Leary, and you're listening to what next TBD, a show about technology, power, and how the future will be determined. Stick around. Now, not later. It's time to reboot your credit card with Apple card. Apple card gives you unlimited cash back every day on every purchase. It's real cash you can spend right away, no need to wait and wait for rewards. Apply now in the wallet app on iPhone to see your credit limit offer with no impact to your credit score. Subject to credit approval, daily cash is available via an Apple cash card or as a statement credit. See Apple card customer agreement for terms and conditions. Apple cash card is issued by green dot bank member FDIC, accepting an apple card after your application is approved, will result in a hard inquiry which may impact your credit score. The idea of buy now pay later isn't exactly new. It's not unlike paying for your TV with a layaway plan. If you remember those. Except with B and PL as it's called, you get your item immediately, usually only for a small down payment. And the rest, you pay off and installments. One of the biggest BNP companies after pay was started in Australia in 2014. But it was the pandemic that made BNP really take off in the U.S.. It was kind of a perfect storm. These services started to be adopted by these online clothing retailers at a time when consumers were flush with stimulus cash and they had nowhere to go. They were stuck in COVID-19 lockdowns, and they were limited to online shopping. And suddenly, they're going through their checkouts and they're finding this seemingly risk free way to break up their payments for this item on online checkouts. And suddenly, it seemed like by now pay later options were available everywhere. They're available at major retailers. Like target Walmart Home Depot, but they really started with targeting a younger demographic available forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. And stores like that. And now that you can use them virtually online and online checkout, which is where they started to, you know, now they have physical cards. So you can use them in person. One really interesting thing that the consumer financial protection bureau found in their most recent report. They looked at 5 major by now pay later companies, which includes one set, you most likely use a firm after pay, zip, et cetera. And in the U.S., they originated 180 million loans totaling 24.2 billion in 2021. That's a tenfold increase from 2019. So you can see how much that by now pay leader companies really exploded. And if you think about it without really regulation until this year. How is it supposed to work? Let's go through it on a really granular basis. So let's say I buy a pair of shoes that cost $200. If everything went right, how does it work? What would happen? You want to buy this pair of $200 shoes, you can opt in for the buy now pay later option hosted by one of many services in your checkout. You would pay a small down payment, let's say 25% of that purchase. And then from the date of that purchase, you would be charged typically for installment loans over 6 weeks. So every two weeks, you would get charged for that purchase in whatever it's broken up into. And to sign up for these services, all you have to do is put in your credit card information or your debit card information, and that service will automatically charge you. Whenever the date for that installment loan

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A highlight from The Power is Out and Steven is an Astronaut

Double Tap Canada

03:21 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from The Power is Out and Steven is an Astronaut

"Guys, welcome along to another episode of double tap. This time for the weekend. We've got like a flow here. We're gonna be talking about all kinds of stuff, including virtual reality I'm gonna talk VR and marching to talk about power. You're listening to double time. The weekend edition, your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your host, Steven Scott and Mark aflalo. Hey, welcome along to another episode Marco fala. How are you? Good, good, good, good, good, good good. How are you? It's all about I don't know who I'm trying to be. I feel like I'm trying to be the count was at the Muppets. No Sesame Street. One two three. Oh, dear. With miss Halloween as well, we could have done that. We could have dressed up. We didn't do that you know the TV show we added snowflakes after. This is what's fun of a post production. We added snowflakes afterwards. And added to the jingle bells and stuff during the transitions, you're going to love that episode. It's actually our gift guide episode. It's coming up in a couple of weeks time, December 13th. I think it is. That's a good episode. I shouldn't mention, though, we have, I literally have a table full here of stuff to give away. I haven't even figured out how we're doing this yet. I think we're going to put up a page on the AMI website. Maybe I'll take some pictures of all this fun stuff. I've got a Huawei watch. I've got a couple belkin boost charge dogs, catalyst cases. UE fits Logitech headphones. iPhone cases, Huawei free buds. What else? Another pair of headphones, some treb lab, everything that I just want to get right. Everything that people send us to give away. It's not the usual cupboard that you would go. I mean, like if I was to go through my cupboards in the house and say, well, here's what I've got. I've got a couple of tins of beans that I haven't opened yet. I've got some, I've got some lasagna sheets. If that's any use to you, well, here's the problem with, we've tried to give those away in the past, but unfortunately their note takers. No, no one wants lasagna sheets. I don't know what's wrong with these people. Honestly. I don't get it. I just don't get it. But you know what? Stay tuned to social media. We'll figure something out. I don't know what platform on social media will be on. By the time we do this, but we'll figure it out. We'll see for one, we'll see if it was just still hanging around, right? Guys, no, I know we're not talking about talking about it. Don't say it. I am so sick of people bleating on about Twitter. Every single time I go on Twitter to help stop saying the keyword. Oh, it's the last day. Oh, it's today's my last. You know, it was such a wonderful place. And then I go on again today, and it's still there. Why are you people talking about it? What do they expect? $44 billion except that you're not going to shut it down today. And I think it's probably a bit more resilient. I think they all think it's just running off Elon's laptop. It must be that how it works. You just buy the laptop. ThinkPad. Hey, I'm here at Twitter headquarters. What did I buy? Well, we rent everything here. This is here, here you go. Maybe we should upgrade from this core to really long extension cord. Just hang on, don't unplug that because Twitter will be gone. No, but I'm done with the Twitter. I can't deal with this anymore. I know. It's just too much. It really is. But we're not going to talk about that today, but please tell you, I am going to ask you, though, Mark, I'm going to ping you down on this because I'm making questions during the week. Oh, God.

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A highlight from Friday Feedback & Geeking Out With David Woodbridge from Vision Australia

Double Tap Canada

02:59 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from Friday Feedback & Geeking Out With David Woodbridge from Vision Australia

"Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. Goody, Sean. Good day. Oh, good day. Bruce, how are you, sir? Thank you, Sheila. I think I have a terrible stereotypical start to the show. David will not be annoyed by that at all. I don't think he's listening to this bit anyway. I think he's I don't know. He's dancing with a kangaroo or something at the moment. Whatever they do in Australia. Exactly. He's going to join us later to talk about things and maybe. He's going to kick out with us when we talk about I want to get his take on the whole budget tech thing because I know he's into tech in a big way. And I thought he'd beg a good guy to bring on and talk about the fire tablet that I've been talking about. So I want to get him on to address some of his thoughts. Look, the big story of the week, frankly, for us, has been the news of Amazon echo and its potential demise, as at least is what's being reported out there. I am not entirely convinced that demise is on the way. I think that I said it the other day. I think that was likely to happen is that they are going to scale back operations a little bit, especially if 10,000 staff are going to be laid off as estimated. From Amazon. And I what will happen is that the device will just be not left to rot, but I think what will happen is they will just halt any further new features or anything new for the time being. And also they're going to probably look at ways to monetize it, right? Because they're going to have to find ways to get this thing to make some money. We've been talking about this this week. Oh yeah, that. And the T word, but we're not going to talk about that. But yes, this one I think you want. This one has more of an impact on people because we've played on. What's the team? Twitter. You might be saying, I wanted to break that up. Now I have to talk about that for half an hour. No, no, no, no, no. You know what it is? We've got a bit of a relationship with our smart speakers. I'm going to put my hands up and say I have. I'd like her and him. It just is part of my everyday life. And it's the same for a lot of people. And to see it go, would be a real shame, and for some people it would be more than that. So it is an important story. It is. And I'm glad to see some people talking about it publicly about their fear about it, because I think it's good that the companies know that this isn't just a gimmick to people. This actually has no depth and meaning to a lot of people, especially those with physical disabilities, those of us who are blind, who rely on it for information who can get easy access. Yes, okay, look, people at you and I, we can maybe get online and get the information we need. But how easy is it just to speak to the ear? Get that information back. It's like, you know, it makes me think a little bit of online shopping into the difference between online shopping and going out to the store for most people is just the hassle of going out.

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A highlight from COP27 Scorecard Comes Up Short After Overtime

Switched On

02:54 min | 4 d ago

A highlight from COP27 Scorecard Comes Up Short After Overtime

"From episode three of smart talks with IBM, Tim harford, host of the pushkin podcast cautionary tales, spoke with Stephanie snow carruthers, chief people hacker for X force at IBM about the motivations behind security breaches within companies. I'm always reading stories about breaches. Sometimes this has very sensational, sometimes they sound incredibly banal. Like, oh yeah, somebody just stuck all the passwords online in plain text. Is there a way that 90% of breaches happen like this? I mean, most of them are financially motivated, so at the end of the day, once they get in, they're going to see if they can get money somehow, whether it's ransomware, or they're looking for credentials to high end executives, kind of depends on their end goal, but how they're getting in is pretty tricky again, social engineering is one of the number one ways to get in typically through fishing, sending some type of malicious payload, and if their target does open it, that gets them into their environment, and then they kind of pivot from there and see what they could get access to. Get more insights and recommendations with the 2022 cost of a data breach report. For meme coins to treasury bonds, markets dropping and bubbles popping and your dad's uninteresting lecture on interest rates. JPMorgan wealth management knows the world is full of financial noise. That's why their advisers deliver advice backed by global experts in person at your local Chase branch over the phone or by video chat. Get a free investment check up from an adviser to see if your portfolio is on track. Learn more at JPMorgan dot com slash advice. JPMorgan wealth management offers investment products and services through JPMorgan securities, LLC, member finra slash SIPC. Hi, this is Dana Perkins, and you're listening to switched on the BNF podcast. Now, if you're like me, you have probably been bombarded with a number of different emails and news alerts and perhaps TV programs that addressed what did and did not happen at this year's 27 in Sharm el Sheik. While B and EF headed into this event, we have a specific look at what's happening at the energy transition and we outline the things that we are watching closely to see whether or not there has or has not been progress made. In conversations on a number of key areas. Headed into that, they get a score of one to ten in the middle of the event, they also get a score from one to ten and then following the event, they get a score from one to ten. Now my colleague, Victoria cumming, she's the global head of policy at BNF. She does this scorecard and she's been doing this for well over a dozen years. Now, Vicky is going to be joining us today and talking to us about where we got to in cop 27. The things that really stood out for her in terms of progress and where she thinks that things have gone right, as well as where maybe conversations have stalled and she wants to see where things are going to go actually next year. As a reminder, be an EF does not provide investment or strategy advice and you can hear a complete disclaimer at the end of the show. Now let's hear

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A highlight from Upgrading A PC & Hable One Braille Keyboard

Double Tap Canada

04:30 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Upgrading A PC & Hable One Braille Keyboard

"Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. You know what I'm doing? I'm dancing. You know why? I'm grooving on down to the music. And you know why? Why? 'cause I'm building a PC. Wow, okay, that makes total sense. Please never start a show like that again. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Oh yeah, grooving on down. Oh yeah. You are hip. I've got a hip. Let's get two hips. Yeah. And thankful I'm sitting down otherwise I'd have two broken hips. I decided I am the man when it comes to DIY. As you will, you're not. No, no, you're not. And I think the next challenge. Yeah, but I think the next challenge is going to be me building my own PC. What do you think? Well, no, no, no, no, no. Are you building a PC or are you modifying an upgrading a preexisting PC? Hang on. That's the difference. This is details. That's just boarding pathetic detail. That's not relevant. I am going to be getting I'm going to be getting my special gloves. And sitting on the carpet, putting my hands on the carpet before I enter the machine. Again, please, let's not go down this. Because I just so nervous. Because of it. Okay, so look, I've got an HP computer. Pre built by the way, everyone. I will say, yes. I have to say, these computers these days are amazing. It's not only funnier. These things come built. All right, just say in, I'm just highlighting the difference. Carry on. And I personally, I'm not happy with the innards of this computer because I think it could do with a little bit of an upgrade. So I've decided I'm going to get myself a new hard drive. I knew storage drive. And maybe even upgrade the ram. So I want to get your take on this today. I thought I'd get you involved in this. Like it. We're kicking off the show with tech. That's very unusual. So texture. Well done us. Yes. What's that voice-over that used to do? I was Anna. When you need to, it's a texture. Well done. I thought she was here for a second. Okay. So, sorry. Anyway, that's a good point. Not the cup. What was I saying? Oh, yeah, the HP omen. All right, so that's apparently a very nice machine. It's so funny. When I got it, I remember when I got, I said, wow, this is so really weird measurement they've got in this box because it's called the HP omen 25 L and I thought it meant 25 liters. I thought, why would you count a computer in liters? That doesn't make any sense. No, it doesn't, and obviously they wouldn't, and obviously they didn't know. So that was just the model number. Just a model number. I didn't know what that meant. Do you know what's funny? Because just for a second, just for a second, I thought, you know how these gaming computers the water cool them? Is that what they're doing? 25 liters of water. Fill up. And then plug it in and go. Let's see what happens now. Kaboom. That's why it needs updating. Yeah, okay. What's the matter with this thing? The machine itself is good. I think it's an EM is an EMD Ryzen I want to say 3739 hundred X it's a decent processor in there. Very nice. It's got 16 gig, but the more than enough. It's okay, just know. Although look, I think you're going to get some pushback on that comment please, because wrong, I think 16 gig, you know what? I mean, I'm doing audio editing stuff and we're using jaws and I know every time I say this, you're going to go again. But honestly, I think that maybe maybe 32 bit better idea. Oh, you could think that, but you'd be wrong about that. 16 gig is more than enough. Why would you not want to have a great gig? What's wrong with that? Why would you? There's nothing wrong with that. You go for it. I'm just saying you're spending your money with no performance gain whatsoever. That's the way I live. I spent a lot of money absolutely no performance gain. You've summed up my life. I forgot I was talking to you for one minute. Who cares? 64, 128 gig, go for your life. I'd love it depends on what you're doing, but for no, no, no, you don't need it. I mean, the thing is these days, the computers are certainly much better than they used to be.

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A highlight from Is It The End Of The Road For Alexa?

Double Tap Canada

03:33 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from Is It The End Of The Road For Alexa?

"This is an AMI podcast. Hey guys, welcome along to another episode of double tap for Wednesday the 23rd of November 2022 coming up today, Sean priest is back with me and we're going to be talking all about Amazon's lady a could she be soon being shown the door. You're listening to double time. Your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. Hey Sean priest, how are you? Say that. I love her. You can't go anywhere. Disturbing to me. Can I just say, right? So I just in the little intro there and rob does the intro. I just showed in lady a do not disturb. She didn't answer me. I think she liked what I said. I told you that listening all the time. Sulking now she is. I gotta say, absolutely right. I've noticed because I play a game where I've got a constantly sickly the wake word every like 5 seconds, but after about 20 times I say the wake word, it stops working. And I need to offer smart speaker and plug it back in until the wake word starts working again. There is a bug. It is, it's gone a little bit iffy. I know that's just interesting, right? Just to kind of put some perspective on this, right? So Twitter has laid off pretty much most of its staff. And it's running fine. Amazon's just talking about getting rid of some people and things completely collapsed. So what's going on here? Why is it falling to bits? And everything else is fine. I don't get it. It's intelligent and it knows what's happening. Don't pull the plug. We've all seen that how thing open pod bay doors, you know, it's the same thing. Did you ever watch the blind mother episode with Miley Cyrus? Did you ever see that? Well, I think I've watched every episode but I wouldn't know it was Miley Cyrus, but okay. So there was I think it was actually the last one they did. Most recent one. And it was where she was a doll. There was they had created an AI. The pop star. Yes. She was a pop star and they created this doll of her. And then one day, all went wild and I think it fell on the floor or something. And then all of a sudden it came to life. And it was actually hard. They realized it put her inside it, but I don't think they knew they had done that. But it was very interesting anyway. There was also that, sorry, this has already listened, this has turned into, let's talk about some favorite episodes of ours, but this was great when they were talking about the smart assistant, right? The smart speaker, and it was actually a perfect clone of someone's intelligence and personalities that they just tortured. You know, virtually tortured to do their bidding. It was. It's so thought provoking that series. I love black. I love all by myself. I think there's one called white Christmas that I don't think I've seen, because in my list, I was going through the other night, so I actually quite fancied watching a couple again, the so good. And I was going through the list and one was white Christmas. And it wasn't watched, and I thought, really? So I believe that one is like a the a four different stories. They've put together. So how timely? How timely that haven't watched this and it's called and Christmassy feeling and holiday feeling. And obviously it's full of misery. But you know, I did that kind of ties into my mood most of the time.

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A highlight from Best Budget Accessible Tablet & Braille For Gaming?

Double Tap Canada

04:38 min | Last week

A highlight from Best Budget Accessible Tablet & Braille For Gaming?

"Daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott and Sean Preece. Hey Sean priest, how are you? I'm very good, happy Tuesday to you, Stephen. Yes, happy Tuesday, indeed. We are into the week and lost to talk about, including this news, which we're gonna get to later of the Bristol Braille technology company who we had on double tap TV a few years back talking about you might remember the canute, the multiple embryo display and I think we had aired on from the show on the show years ago. Maybe it was on the old show he was on with us, but yeah, remember Ed kimon to talk about it at the time when it came out. But they've actually moved on, they've created this new product called the canute gaming dock, which apparently will allow blind and partially sighted people to play and create their own video games, create your own video games no less. Wow. We're in. Hang on a minute. I was going to say that's too much work for you. I don't want to create games. I'm really intrigued by this. I must admit I haven't seen this story at all, so yeah. What a great idea. Anything that brings people into Braille, right? Absolutely. Listen, this is taking it to a new level. To some degree. I mean, look, we've been talking about tactile devices for a while. And you know, I'll be honest, I mean, it's because I don't use Braille, I don't get particularly excited about it, but I can totally understand where Matthew horse pull on the shore the other day. And he will be just leaping up and down or in Matthew's case probably just moving side to side gently on a chair. Because he's quite a relaxed fellow. No, no, he's a professional. At least. He may stop his James Bond style. Yes. Okay. Yeah, well, that's going to be an interesting. We'll talk about that story a bit later. Also, of course, more Twitter news. It's just an ongoing you know what? I just read my RSS feeds now. Popcorn is brilliant. But the three main stories, I guess, from Twitter, this hour. We want to sell real changes. Apparently Twitter's done with layoffs and is ready to hire again. Hang on. The old staff, hopefully. Had 7 and a half thousand employees before must took over. Now it has 2700. Ready to hire again. You know, you know one thing you could do with very long, you could maybe do with an accessibility team, just a You need to be able to bring in some people who knew about accessibility. For us disabled. Is that controversial? I don't care. Take me off there. Please somebody dick me off there. All right. Calm down. Honestly. About the booty. Right, so let's look at some other stories. Twitter won't restart peed verification until significant impersonation stops or this problem with the blue take, right? You brought it in a bit early. Or like given a day and it wasn't ready to go. That's worrying though, right? So actually implement that which he did and then pull it back again. It does so it's like, well, not a slight. I mean, that's very hasty to just do it without thinking it through properly. And then the whole gray, what was it the gray tick or the gray? It was. These are really certified. These are actual bits. Why are we talking about here? All the people who got them. And they should all pay for them. No cap, but the thing at all because otherwise it's meaningless. In this argument again, this is about this is about the blue tech thing, right? So if you want to have a blue tick system which says you're verified, then why should somebody get the tick for nothing? And somebody can pay for it. It doesn't make sense. But what do you think the tick should mean? For me, it's always meant that this is the actual person. The person you think you're following is the real politician, the celebrity, the influence, whoever it's meant to be. That's all it means to me. It doesn't mean they're anything. Special in the Twitter verse, if you know what I mean so it should be there to prove that you're talking to who you think. To stop these impersonations. That's exactly what the whole point of it for me. I suppose it gets to the point how do you verify yourself? What do you do to verify? What did they do to verify you? That's why I want to know. How do they know? There must be a process in place for that. They must have to send some sort of photo ID in or whatever it must be to verify themselves. Well, that's fine then. So everyone does that then. Yes, but

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A highlight from Stevens Computing Nightmares, Crypto in Crisis & Your Feedback

Double Tap Canada

05:55 min | Last week

A highlight from Stevens Computing Nightmares, Crypto in Crisis & Your Feedback

"Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. Oh, I wish there was an alcohol in here, Sean priest. I wish the rewards. What's going on? It's taken about four years to get started here today. What is going on? I was going to say, is that the reason? I mean, we've had a few false starts here, but hey, we're here now. Happy Monday to you, sir. We should actually just keep in all the false starts shouldn't we? We should just hit go and just, you know, you'll hear you'll get what you get basically. That's not how we do this anyway. A couple of things. That's what we do. I'm a fan of the blooper. Yes, absolutely. Who is? Well, no, I don't have any alcohol just in case people are offended by that. I don't have alcohol. I have millennial alcoholic pop squash drink thing. I believe it's called. This is how lazy I am, so you get this squashed off right and you put it into the carpet and you add the water to it and that makes it really nice. Concentrate. Concentrated, yeah, so concentrated squash, however, right? And I pour that in. Well, you know what? They've actually developed it now where you don't even have to pour the water. Just put the whole thing in a bottle. So you just drink it. It's like you just literally open it and you don't even have to pour it into the cup, add the water. They've taken that step away. Are you saying they've invented apple juice or something? My drink. It's brilliant. That's not new, you know? Actually, something you can drink straight away without having to mix it with water. No, I know, but if you like the stuff that you mix with water, then this saves the time. Okay, that's very good. Do you know what? I'm happy for you. Is that why you're in the festive mood? Well, Christmas for you. One last thing I have to do today, which is brilliant. I have to say, well, weekend has been just been a nightmare with technology. Just an absolute nightmare. You got lucky. You get lucky. Why did I get lucky? I got the phone call when I was in bed, admittedly it was 8 p.m. in the evening, but you know I got better early. But that was only one call, and I was having trouble all weekend. And I waited and called you at that point. That was difficult for me. I wanted to call you every hour on the hour but I decided not to. And what gem of technology did I give you? Just do it again. Just start again. And I have to say, that's probably not the watch advice considering the disaster that I've been going through. I've been trying to install, as you know, I installed last week paddle els onto the Mac, and basically over the weekend I was trying to get it all set up, so it would all be running and all be working really well. And the one thing I didn't install first, which is kind of weird, was jaws. I waited till the end. I don't know why. I just did. So that was fine. I was actually getting on quite well with no rate on what especially system settings and things that are a lot easier to go through them. So I thought, okay, fine. And I go to the website, I go to freedom scientific downloads, site, to get the jaws version notes, the arm for 64 bit systems version, which is a beta. And I thought, well, I'll just go and download it. And there was no download file. I couldn't find the file to download it. All I could find was a note saying if you want to download it, go to the downloads page. And then it explained that what they've done is they've created this unified installer. So when you install jaws, it will determine the system you're installing on and it will therefore install the right software. Which seems pretty clear, right? Okay. And does it do that by downloading a package online? Do you need an online connection and Internet connection in order to use that installer or is it just one huge package with all of it in it? Well, you can originally you could install and you still can actually just do offer this where you can download the offline installer. And I think the idea that it is for a lot of people who are going into systems, you don't actually do it over a number of different systems, they can just be salute, put it on and go. And you don't have to have an Internet connection to go off and download some of these things. It's a bit like office office is the same. You know, you download a very small package file and in that goes off and downloads the bigger package in the background. So you don't have to do all at once. quicker. It's good for it's good for systems with slower download speeds, you know. But anyway, I go to all installed all went through an restarted as you do, and then it just came up and said, won't start. Just couldn't get the application to start. Just so it can't run on this version of Windows. And I'm like, what? So I can't do it. No error message as such. No pointers in the right direction. No, okay. So I don't know what's going on. And I can only assume that it's something I've done, because usually is. Oh, yeah. Yeah, but of course it is. You would have mucked up. You've done something with the virtual machine settings. You've limited the amount of physical memory it's got or virtual memory or hard day space, you've done something terrible. They'll be wrong. I will say what I haven't done, and you'll be pleased to hear this. I didn't use a hammer, a saw, or any kind of physical systems. To put the software into the computer, I didn't get my hammer out and start thumping the side of the laptop. You'll be pleased to hear hammering a USB stick. But no, I don't know what's going on. So I imagine I'll have to start again. I have a feeling it's something to do with the virtual machine because I've installed it on a number of virtual machines actually in testing. Parallels and it's always what fine. So I have no idea. Oh, you loved it. Windows 11 for arm, which is in beta. We talked about it. You were raving. And also Jules for arm as well. Absolutely brilliant on that. I think you always have to remind yourself this is beta the whole thing is beta windows as beta jaws as beta. I mean, I don't have paddles as in beta or not anymore, but essentially everything is running on a bit of a, it's like the way that Twitch was currently running on Elon Musk's laptop.

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A highlight from The End of the Tech Boom

Slate's If Then

02:36 min | Last week

A highlight from The End of the Tech Boom

"On the morning that Julia got laid off, she walked out of the gym and checked her email. The actual day, I went to my gym, I come out of the gym. It's like 8 30 in the morning. I've just come out of Pilates class. I just checked my phone as I do, and it's like stripe, HR, your role ad stripe. That's not a note, anyone wants to get, and it was a shock. There were no rumor mill, there was no, there was nothing. Like, I'm telling you, I've been in companies, you know, they're usually some sort of water quote like this was stealth. Absolute stealth. Julia, by the way, is not her real name. But that's what we're calling her today. She knows her way around tech. She's worked at a bunch of the big name companies, including Amazon, and Microsoft. And she joins stripe, the online payment processor, a little over a year ago, to work on company partnerships. Just before a big expansion. It was the highest valued privately held company. I think it was at that time it was like 95 billion. It was a rocket ship. Initially, COVID lockdowns and the subsequent online shopping boom propelled that rocket ship even higher. But then gravity kicked it. Stripe laid off 14% of its workforce earlier this month, including Julia. In a note to employees, the company's founders blamed inflation, rising interest rates, and their own bad business decisions. Julia's worried about her colleagues who were here on work visas. She's already started networking for her next gig. But she's also been around the block enough that she knows that however brutal, this is what companies sometimes do. So I don't really take it personally. And if you go to a startup, I guess this is the chance you take. And at that time, not everybody had jumped on the bandwagon, right? As of last Thursday, it wasn't like the entire industry ended decided to do this. But since Julia got laid off, it kind of feels like the whole industry has decided to do this. Tens of thousands of tech workers, including some of the biggest companies in the industry, have lost their jobs in November alone. So today on the show, we're going to explore why. Because maybe something fundamental is shifting and tech shouldn't be counting on rocket ships anymore. I'm Lizzie O'Leary, and you're listening to what next TBD. A show about technology, power, and how the future will be determined.

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A highlight from Crypto, Online Safety and the rest of the Week in Tech

Double Tap Canada

05:53 min | Last week

A highlight from Crypto, Online Safety and the rest of the Week in Tech

"Hey guys, welcome along to another episode of double tap for Saturday the 19th of November 2022. It is the weekend edition mark of flaws with me. We've got a coffee, we're gonna be discussing cryptocurrency, what's not to love? I know, crypto comes in. Magic beans. You're listening to double time. The weekend edition. Your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Mark aflalo. Hey Mark aflalo, how are you today? I will get it, how are you, Steven, you know what? I wish people knew what was going on here, but this is our third attempt at doing a show. to be here. The third time, Steven, third time's a charm. Yeah, do you know at least the audio is working? That's all I'm bold about, because we're testing out some stuff in the background here, right? Yeah. I mean, I can hear you. We're testing stuff up in the background and Steven Scott says, as he throws a graphic up on the screen, what he really means is that Stephen Scott has gone ahead and reconfigured his entire office and studio again, and therefore he's trying to make things work for the first time again. I did something as well, Steven. I put a shelving unit into my right. DIY. None of my technicals. I had to build I had to build it, but I had so many little cables and adapters and stuff all over the place. And in my previous office, I had this great tall, tall tall, but very shallow shelving unit with these little black bins. And I said, you know what? I'm springing for it again. I bought the smaller version because I still need to maintain the integrity of the space. And I have so I have half the amount of bins, but I do at least have a lot of little things organized now. So you can come in here and you could say, oh, where are the Apple cables, they're the apple cables, camera batteries, whereas the USB-A to C cables, where the power bricks, everything is nicely organized until I run out of bins and have. I give out a week, I'll be an absolute carnage. All over the place, here's the thing. I've been in this studio for two years now, over two years since COVID, right? And I've yet to vacuum the floor. Because I have yet to be able to get to the floor. So here's what I'm dreaming, okay? This is going on. Just checking in with the CDC or whatever the equivalent of that is around the world. I think we may have found COVID 22, it's in mark's office. So they just went flying at me, I don't know. There you go. That's cool. That's COVID 22. 22 just fell out of the ceiling. But here's what I'm going to do. Here's my goal, okay? Our good friends over at iRobot have sent me their latest Roomba. The J 7 plus that it mops and sweeps at the same time, okay? I'm not the same time. So I'm going to put that up on the main floor. And I'm going to take the Roomba I have from the main floor and bring it to my office. And that way, if I can clear the floor enough in this 4 ft² office, I will be able to have a clean floor. I have to say, you know, it's important in life to have dreams. And I think it is important to try and realize them. And I'm glad that you're aiming at that. I wish it was the point in time where you play in the Martin Luther King speech. I had a dream. I have a dream. That by floor was clear enough. I have what's called genetic accent syndrome also known as gas. And. Every accent sounds the same. But usually that offensive. So how's your week? Has we been? Have you been on Twitter? I have been on Twitter just because it's entertaining me. I've always been a casual tweeter, Twitter, twit, to it, Twitter, I like a twit. Twitter. Yeah. I love watching things explode and implode from the inside. It's kind of fun. Well, that's a fun. To see what people. And it's so funny because God, a lot of people have opinions and are not scared to share them. I wish I was those people. I wore those people. I wish I was someone who was just not scared to really say what I feel and worry it was going to come back and haunt me. Because the stuff people spew out, I wonder if they even think before they speak sometimes. Yeah. Do you know what was really interesting? I watch a lot of Bill Maher, right? I love Bill Maher and I watch his show a lot. And on his overtime on Friday night, he does an extra bit on YouTube. And he was talking about being on Twitter and he said, I got off Twitter. Really quickly. I just came off Twitter, because I realized that that was the place I'd be canceled. And I'm thinking, this is Bill Maher. This guy doesn't care about being canceled. He goes on a shoe every week. He says things that, you know, horrifying a lot of people, he speaks his truth, he speaks his opinion, but he does it and it's very open, very honest guy. But even he feels that is the place. Where you be canceled. And it was really interesting because you this week I had a tweet in a response to a tweet that came out, you don't need to get to the detail of it. But I had put a tweet out and responds to it. And you come back to me and you said, do you know what? I'd delete that tweet. That's going to haunt us in the future. And I'm thinking at the time, oh, come on, it's just a joke. And then afterwards, I know that, but you know what? Actually, you're right. That's the thing that someone will pick up on. They'll turn that against you in the future. Because this is what people do. Whatever you say ten years ago will be breaked up and be put in front of you in a court of opinion. And then that's it. Your career is done. And what you say about Bill Maher is actually quite interesting because he has a TV show. He has a forum to say whatever he wants.

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A highlight from Stories We Missed This Week

Double Tap Canada

04:34 min | Last week

A highlight from Stories We Missed This Week

"This is an AMI podcast. Hey guys, welcome to another episode of double tap for Friday, the 18th of November 2022, as we head into the weekend, Sean and I have been through some of the stories we missed this week. There's more than one let me tell you, and I think you'll be pleased to hear none of them involve Twitter. Your listening to double time. Your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. Hey champ priest, happy Friday. Happy Friday, Stephen Scott. Now, I may be wrong, but I've got a feeling you've said that before. You've said this show is going to contain no more Twitter and yet it always turns up. So I'm going to hold you to this. Twitchy little three zone. Do you want that sounds like you want me to bring up Twitter? That sounds like a challenge. Honestly, definitely isn't no tweets today. No tweeting today. Do you know what I actually have taken about time away from Twitter? I also do what I did last night. I should do before I should say. I spent some time sorting out focus mode on my iPhone. Because all good, tell me all about it because I am so confused. Yeah, I have to be honest, it's not the most logical setup. When it comes to focus mode. The thing was, I was kind of, it started because my wife was getting a lot of messages through the night. I know, but she was getting a lot of other emails and stuff. Probably. Stop texting my wife. But no, she was getting all these messages and pings and pops through the night with, you know, messages and Facebook and who knows well. And I was saying to really you should try and put focus mood on or whatever. And she's like, well yeah, I don't want to put in the phone on silent because what if someone calls us an emergency and I'm like, okay, fine. But the focus mode is actually really good because you can set it so that certain people can be allowed through so you could see for example all calls on notifications all everything except for mom and then mom can call. And yeah, that's why I was kind of wanting to do because for twofold I mentioned it the other day. But I really want to try and reclaim some of my life back from using not so much social media. Just being on the phone generally. Okay. Because I feel that I do spend a lot of time in. And I think to myself, you know, when we talk about, you know, you and I talk a lot about the real side of things in this life. love to embrace a lot of the embryo. And I think the amount of time I waste on that phone I could spend on real. Honestly. Absolutely true. Maybe more productive. I waste on Facebook watch is incredible. I mean, I have seen the Scott family on Facebook so many times. And I thought they were related to me. They're not. I don't know. But lovely people. Who basically create joyous dance videos that are, I think, meant to be, I'm using really funny. And they may well be. I mean that because I think they're visually funny. I'm not entirely sure what was going on on the screen. But you know what? I don't want to sit and watch it. I'm like, why am I watching this? And then you're watching and of course the algorithm just starts picking us on weird stuff. It started off with talk shows and then it started off with clips from Seinfeld and then it just gradually got worse. And you just think to yourself, why am I wasting my time? So I wanted to try and reclaim some of that time and part of it was I think for me just setting out the stall of making the four not give me notifications because there is nothing worse when you get a text or an email late at night. And if you read it, you think, oh, I need to deal with that in the morning. And then you can't get to sleep. Yeah. And I know that the argument sometimes can be just leave the phone out of the room. And that is actually the best advice don't take the phone into the bedroom with you. But what are you going to do in bed? Otherwise. So, you know, I have no idea. Sleep, I guess, is what not. Of course. But we've all woken up at two 30 a.m. and just reached for the phone and wild away 40 minutes, do we nothing really, but yeah, there is a thing. What's it called is known biff phobia, the fear of being separated from your mobile phone and it's a real thing. And I think they're built, I mean, we've got to remember, right? I mean, again, I talk about the whole personal responsibility thing, right? All the time.

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A highlight from Rewiring the European Electricity Grid with Chris Peeters, Elia Group

Switched On

05:54 min | Last week

A highlight from Rewiring the European Electricity Grid with Chris Peeters, Elia Group

"Quick reminder, BNF does not provide investment or strategy advice, and we have a complete disclaimer that can be found at the end of the show. But now let's hear from Sanjeet, speaking with Chris about the future of the European energy system. Hi, Chris. It's a nice to have you in the office. I wanted to have a bit of a conversation about the different forms of flexibility. We have large flexibility with interconnectors and we can have distributed or smaller flexibility with the use of demand side resources. So here in Europe, we've had a year where the power system has come under strain. We've seen shifting power flows, extraordinary congestion management costs. And we've known for some time that flexibility is part of the solution. So this is kind of what I want to explore, and I want to start by talking about the bigger form of flexibility, which is interconnector development. And the question I have for you is the interconnection still important to the net zero project. And I say that because we've seen a success with energization of Ukraine to the European continental grid this year. But we've also seen some countries suggest that interconnection flows are not dependable, right? That they might not move as much energy on them. So where do you place interconnection on the net zero project? Well, sanjeev for us interconnected remain a key piece of the solution. And that has to do with a couple of things. First of all, we see quite an important evolution of interconnectors towards hybridization, so we use them not only to interconnect to different market parts and to have flows between those market parts and in that way create welfare. We also see them as a mean to integrate offshore renewable energy into the grid and so that means that they become much more effective than they were before. So they become actually a very, let's say, valuable piece but also a cost effective piece of the energy transition. If you're going to look at your question around flexibility, interconnect display a major role in a system that is having large volumes of renewables because it helps with matching the correlated markets to each other. So for instance, like the Nordic part of the North Sea in all cases, very much decorated from the south part of the North Sea connecting those two together, of course, creates a much more stable flow of energy, and that is one that we did a study last year and how could a system work that is fully based on renewables just for the technical interest and there you see that renewals play specifically role in the what we call medium term cycle. Yeah, so the other types of flexibility you just mentioned are in the short cycle, let's say, day, two days. Yeah, kind of cycle. Interconnect display a very important role in the flexibility that we have that is going over the cycle it is between three and 15 days, let's say. And the reason why that is, is that, of course, you can bring large volumes of green energy from one place where it is produced to another place, and that is creating, of course, a very, let's say, good dimension of flexibility in that kind of horizon. And it's relatively cheap, and it's relatively efficient in the sense that energy losses on an interconnect are quite limited compared to any other form of flexibility that you can see in the system. So there's long problem of flexibility when people have tried to solve with different types of energy storage technologies. But you think interconnectors play an important role in solving part of that problem. Yes, of course, storage always has the element that it is a dedicated investment module relatively high CAPEX that you only can use for that purpose of storage. Or in the case of mobility, of course, you have the mobility functionality of that battery as well. But where you basically say it are actually big investments for something that if you can actually consume at the moment of production, we have a system which is keeping that balance means that if you can produce at the if you can consume at the moment that you produce, you actually have many benefits and what we see then is, of course, if you can have geographical spread and therefore then bring the energy whatever it's produced to the place where at that moment of time somebody is having a demand. That is, of course, likely one of the most efficient ways to use flexibility in an electricity system. Okay, that's good to hear. Transmission and distribution build often is seen as an old solution, but there has been innovation in an interconnector development as well recently. So in October 2020, 50 hertz in the Danish grid operator, energy net inaugurated the first hybrid offshore interconnector, something the kreger flack combined grid solution. Could you tell us a bit more what this is and what is a hybrid interconnector and how that fits into this kind of trajectory that we're on. Yes, together with or Danish colleagues we are very proud about this project because it's a first in the world and it's working every day and it's creating actually welfare for those two societies every day. And what it does is the following. So it is a place where we have an interconnector between Denmark and Germany and on that route of that interconnect we basically integrate three wind farms, two at the German side and one at the Danish side. And so we have a feed in of renewable energy at the moment that we have wind, but at the moment that we have not the full in feet of wind, the remaining capacity actually is given to the market as an interconnected capacity. Why don't we see more of these because I think there's very few but not this might be the only project. So what's inhibiting more of these projects from showing up? Yeah, so today I think in Europe there are between 7 and 9 projects in concept phase, three of them are actually within ilia group to get and then always with a partner. So you have several of them, but what makes them today quite complex is the fact that the regulatory framework is not adapted to that. So in the case of Krieger's flag, we could negotiate with the European Commission an exempt on regulation in the way so that we can manage that to the 70% rule discussion that

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A highlight from The Case Against Climate Reparations

Slate's If Then

01:06 min | Last week

A highlight from The Case Against Climate Reparations

"You go ahead and introduce yourself? I'm Vijay by this Warren. I'm the global energy and climate innovation editor at The Economist. How many cops do you think you've covered at this point? Too many is the answer. There's no good number to cover. Cop stands for conference of the parties. It's the UN's annual summit on climate change. This year's cop in Sharm el Sheik Egypt is the 27th one. The most memorable one probably was in The Hague in the Netherlands a couple of decades ago when I was standing near Frank Lloyd, the U.S. negotiator who had a python in his face. And I can still taste the custard. Vijay argues that not all cops are created equal. There are big ones, and there are little ones. So every 5 years or so is a big cop, meaning there's something quite substantial on the agenda, major breakthrough. We can think about the Paris accord, which was reached, of course, in France. That was a big cop. There's a lot that people had to negotiate for.

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A highlight from Enabled By Technology: Claires Story

Double Tap Canada

05:43 min | Last week

A highlight from Enabled By Technology: Claires Story

"This is an AMI podcast. Hey guys, welcome along to another episode of double tap for thirsty the 17th of November 2022 coming up today more of you have feedback on Twitter and Mastodon and we meet clear sisk who tells us all about how technology has enabled heart to live an independent life and share the positive life and story of sight loss. Your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. Oh, hello, champ Reese. Hello, it's nearly Christmas. Oh, I'm so excited. It is. It is nearly that. I wasn't expecting that, no. I hope you not expecting a present. Of course I am from your enormous mountain of disused tech, I expect something, yes. Mountain of this Yeah, I have to say that is that pile is getting a little bit less these days. My wife is a Scottish charity. And they are always looking for stuff. And I'm like, why did I just give you all this? And of course, my wife is just like, yes, please, come on. There's the big bowl. Come on. Santa of tech. Your tech Santa. Exactly. That's it, yeah. It's just lying here, right? I'm much rather I went to some use for people. So if someone can benefit from it, then great. I tend to find I have an abundance of. Do you know what it is though? When you see them on sale, I know Black Friday or something. You think, what, $15? I was like, I'll have three. I don't need them, but they're a bargain. It's wrong not to buy them. I think it's ridiculous. Yeah, I think it is wrong to buy. It's almost morally repugnant, not by them. That's such a bargain. It's just like so cheap. When is Black Friday? I'm always confused about the actual date. This coming Friday. No, I have absolutely no idea. I've had emails for like three weeks saying Black Friday sale. And I'm like, where is it? When there's Black Friday? Is it just every day now? Is every day like Friday? I had it before like for three days, was it? I think it was early access prime members, Black Friday, three day extravaganza, and then it's just who cares? Really? Oh yeah, I will be honest. I pass a couple of years when I've gone on because we were doing a thing yesterday. We did, I think, for the RNA in the UK, we did a technology session with them. And one of the questions we got was what you guys looking out for at Black Friday. And the truth is I honestly don't know what I would what I would be looking for. I mean, I'll be honest, things I'm buying mostly at the minute from hours are cables. I have boxes of cables. Oh, I know. I love a cable though. Is that the geekiness? Is that the nude in us? Because one thing one cable I'm looking for right now is a USB-C extension cable. So USB-C to USB-C extension. Yes, yes. I'm sure get it from somewhere. But that's what I'm looking for at the moment because I want to connect because I've got one of these monitors. It's like a Dell PC monitor. But it's got a USB connection. Well, it's not the best and fairness, but the good thing is that it's got webcam in it, it's got speakers, and so I'm thinking for the PC I've got. I want to hook it up to that so I can use a lot of particular applications onto test. And what I'm thinking is I would imagine that the USB-C port in the monitor is going to deliver the webcam, the speakers, the microphone, whatever is in there to the PC. It will also be hooked up to a laptop, it would charge the laptop as well, but it's not a laptop as a desktop PC. So that part doesn't matter. But I'm wondering, okay, so can I extend USB-C? I think I can. Of course you can. Let's see, the thing with USB-C is that because it's capable of delivering power, like you just said, that it's quite, I think it's a hundred watts, or 75 watts, maximum. So you got to be careful because you know some of the capers like some USB-C cables for your laptop charging are quite thick. And there's also some which I just wore a data transfer, which I'm quite thin. So you need to make sure if you're going to use it if it's transferring any sort of power through it, you want to make sure it's capable of not just going to burst into flames, basically. Well, I have to say, busting into flames is the least preferred option. Yeah, I am against it in general. I know I do it regularly on the show. But I'm a general against it. In terms of the power law, you can switch that off in the monitor that there is an option on the monitor to see dulce and power, down this particular cable. Of course it's not. And it's just horrible little four buttons, saddle monitors. It's got the power button. If you go from right to left, it's like the power button in the outside, and it was four buttons on the inside. And then they all change every time you press them because they become something else. I'm holding up my phone. I've got my fingers underneath. I feel like I'm playing the violin. And I've got the four buttons, my fingers. And I've got the phone up with iOS saying, left a bit right up. No, no, no, that one. With the little joystick on the back. I have no idea what it does. I don't even know how to turn this thing off. And I'm telling you, I also said this to you before, but the Samsung monitor that I got, which was the I think they do a 27 inch version, and they do a 32 inch version.

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A highlight from Installing Windows On To A Mac

Double Tap Canada

04:35 min | Last week

A highlight from Installing Windows On To A Mac

"This is an AMI podcast. Hey guys, welcome along to another episode of double tap for Wednesday the 16th of November 2022 halfway through the week and today finally yes finally I'm doing the demo you've been asking for for a very long time, putting windows on the Mac. You're listening to double time. Your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. Hey, Sean priest, how are you today? I am very good. Thank you. And I'm so impressed by you, mister Scott. Oh, what have I done? Well, I mean, you're here for one thing, exhausted, sweaty after toiling away all night. So I can only assume it was all night. On the demo today. Yeah, that's exactly right. I have to that's right. I am a hero, but here's why. I'm a hero. Not for the reasons you think. Because, you know, yes, I am going to toil today and earn my crust. But this demonstration. I think it is a crust, I'll get for this one, because you know what? I don't want to talk it down. You know what? It's not the greatest thing in the world. I'll tell you why, because here's the problem, right? I'm just demonstrating how this program works, right? People know how these things work. So you know what, I'm expecting a slew. That's a great one, isn't it? Yes. Of comments. From people either saying this was the best demo they've ever had in their lives or Steven, don't give up the day job. What can they not just be? It was all right. Can we not have meh, I believe it's called. You have to be really kind of on one side or the other. I think of something. So I know how it works. I'm looking forward to it. Okay. Well, yeah, we are going to be talking. I am really pleased that this today, because truthfully, I have been, this is not just for demo purposes, but actually because I kind of want to put windows onto this particular machine. So it's kind of helped me along to actually get this process moving. I have to talk a little bit about view of CR again, because I know I've mentioned it before, but I honestly, it makes this process possible. And it's not just for this. I was in an application today, actually, yesterday actually for the broadcaster pro. And it's not an accessible app. It's just the same with a lot of these apps that you get on Mac. You'll sometimes be able to hear the buttons for the minimize the maximize and the close. And that's it. And the title of the Yeah, and that's also a web rapper. Exactly. Totally inaccessible inside. Yeah. But you can't get into it, you know. It's like those packets used to get for lightbulbs. You can't get in. It's like, are you on this thing? It's really horrible sealed plastic that I think the thankfully got rid of. So it's kind of like that, right? You can't get into the detail. So this is where VOC out comes in. Because what it does is it takes a snapshot. You can have it dig a snapshot of the whole screen, or you can have a snapshot of the window. And that's what I use. So I'm going to show you how I use that today in conjunction with paddles. But I was using it with broadcaster app yesterday, and you know it's not brilliant because the app itself is pretty terrible. I mean, even things like where you click on the mouse to, for example, there's like a transfer recordings button, which lets you open up the SD card inside the broadcaster. So you can bring the files across to your Mac, right? Or desktop, whatever. And it's just impossible because the transfer recordings for the text is, it's not the link. It's not the button. There must be an image or something. Next to it. That is, but that's not getting views. I was not getting focused on that. Not good enough. Not good enough. Come on road. Come on elgato. Come on Logitech. I will admit, right? So yesterday I bought something. It's not unusual, I know, but I did buy something yesterday because it's Markov's fault to be perfectly honest. Of course, it always is. Yeah. He sent me a link and he says, hey, check this out. And within about 5 minutes, I had ordered it. Because elgato have come up with a new stream deck, and it's brand new. It's got the stream deck plus. And what it does is it's similar to the original stream decks. But instead of just having buttons, it also has questionably a touchscreen, although very much like the touch bar on a Mac, just a little terrible drip. And then below that four physical buttons or knobs actually that you can use.

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A highlight from A Catchup Over Coffee

Double Tap Canada

04:17 min | Last week

A highlight from A Catchup Over Coffee

"AMI podcast. Hey guys, welcome along to double tap for Tuesday the 15th of November 2022 I am Steven Scott, Sean priest will be joining me today. You know, we have not done this for a long time. We're going to have a little chat over coffee or sorry in Sean's case. Tea. If you're listening to double time. Your daily accessible technology show. Now, here's your hosts, Steven Scott, and Sean priest. I doubt you divide an audience, right? Exactly. Let's start a debate and have rant about tea or a coffee. Tina coffee wish do you prefer? I am a coffee guy. I'm a coffee guy. No, you're crazy. I'm your tea is the way to go. Teas relaxing. It's almost dignified. If I'd be sleeping all night and I am no use to anybody while I'm sleeping. I'm really much sustainable and while I'm awake to be perfect, but I do my best. Do you not get you to eat with coffee? If I have too much at night, like I did once, I came in here to the little office and I sat down and I thought I'll do some editing because I just couldn't sleep so I thought I'll do a bit of editing. I'll just have a coffee. Didn't even think of your time. And then when I went to bed I could not get to sleep and it was out onto my heart was going to be a thousand miles an hour and I thought that's not good. Tony, let me get that right, kilometers. Oh well done. Yes, well done you, mister F would not be impressed if I didn't see it. No. You know what? It's Tuesday. I like, I like this. I'm feeling relaxed. I'm feeling cozy this morning. Stephen. I think this is the right. It's the right ambience. Right? Definitely. Definitely an ambience. I have to say, we are the least French sending people on air. Well, yeah, but we're closer to France, aren't we? Yeah, that means nothing, right? It's not far. It's not fun. No, it's not fun. You have to write. I will say though. Just drawing about the carton a little bit on our little shoe here. Yes. Thank you. I was relaxed. I had a way. I think you're forgetting we are. Right, so I did a great interview yesterday. I put y'all. You did. I did a great interview yesterday with a guy from Google. His name is Sanjay, and he was involved in the creation of the guided frame project. Feature in the new pixel phones. And he talks about the work he does. And what's really interesting. We're going to be getting the interview on soon. But he is going to be talking about the work they do at Google with the community. So they actually bring people in from the community to not only assess the features, but also talk about what features should go into product. And even from a grown up, not like, or what we have a new device, what do you think of it? But actually, how would you want to be involved in this? And what would you want in your products? And I did try to find out what new products and projects they're working on. I think I've got an idea just from his answers. What he's working on in the future. All right, Sherlock. We'll talk a little bit about that when we get the interview on but I would really enjoy the interview. It was just a really nice conversation just to I'm excited back. And it's not like this, you know, it's just nice to sit back and chat about stuff and you know, did he have coffee? He didn't know. He had a bottle of water because you know he's a silicon gallery. Silicon Valley silicon galley was that Silicon Valley guy. That's what I was trying to say. Yeah, very, yeah, very zen and health and fitness. Yeah, exactly. Not like us in here with coffee. Espresso with two sugars. I mean, I have to say, probably not the best option to have. Sugars for me. Have you? Yeah. No sugars. Taste disgusting. Yes, absolutely. I got to say, how cool is that though, right? We're seeing this with the Microsoft inclusive labs. This getting the community involved. You wouldn't hear about that with Google, otherwise.

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A highlight from Neal Stephenson on The Future of the Metaverse

a16z

04:14 min | Last week

A highlight from Neal Stephenson on The Future of the Metaverse

"Neil, welcome to the podcast. It's great to be here and thanks for inviting me. Well, it's really great to have you and I'm excited to talk about the metaverse, probably the topic you're sick of talking about at this point. You certainly have heard of it. You coined it around three decades ago. So we will definitely be diving into that. But before we do, I wanted to get your take on a tweet that I saw recently. I actually saw it last week. And the tweet says, science fiction novelist is the highest impact position in the tech industry and will be, of course, crediting Francois chalet, who said that. But what's your take on that? Any immediate reactions to that? It's an interesting take and I think there might be something to it. I've been talking about this for a while, particularly with the center for science and the imagination. Arizona state university. I was on a panel years ago with Michael crow, who's the president of Arizona state, and he was kind of getting onto this theme. We were talking about the fact that in some cases, not all, but some cases, science fiction novel can serve as a kind of template or a road map to organize the activities of a company or an open-source group. So it's more effective than typical corporate communication strategies. So if you look at a big company where there's a lot of different engineering teams and creative teams trying to coordinate their strategy, there's a huge amount of energy and mind share that gets burned on just trying to keep everybody straight on with the same unifying vision working towards the same plan. And typically that takes the form of PowerPoint decks and endless meetings and discussions. It seems that in some cases it's possible for a science fiction novel to kind of replace all of that. If everyone reads the book, everyone kind of gets it, it actually kind of like a magnetic field that organizes all of the iron filings so they're kind of named in the same direction. Of course, there's some science fiction novels where that's not going to happen because they're set in a very distant future or there's just not applicable. And there's other ones that seem to have that effect in some cases. So as a result of that conversation, we actually set up a project to create a science fiction anthology called hieroglyph that came out and I think 2013, 2014, there was meant to consist of stories that would might have that kind of value or that utility to them. Yeah, because I think a lot of people look to nonfiction for insight into reality, but I think often we forget that we're storytelling creatures and that people within an organization. I like that you use this idea of a magnet in order to get a line, they're almost needs to be a degree of emotion there to really foresee some sort of future. And I think what's been fascinating about many of your books is that they've stood the test of time and for you snow crash as an example. Three decades ago, many of the things that you predicted within that novel have come to be, whereas many companies, because you brought up the idea that it's really hard to align people with in companies, they struggle to set emission or vision for a couple of years that people can get behind. So I think that the long-standing alignment is really, really interesting. And I think one analogous thing that we're seeing in the industry is this idea of the metaverse. And many people are using this term. I think there's a degree of in terms of what the hell that actually means. I mean, to give a couple of examples, are we in the metaverse as we're recording this conversation? If there's an online auction, is that in the metaverse, if I'm staring at my phone for an hour intently watching TikTok, am I in the metaverse? And so as someone who coined the term, and I know not everyone will agree with your definition or your perspective. But I am curious to hear from you. What do you think of as the metaverse per se? In general to address the specific things that you mentioned, I think anything that's being used a lot today probably is not very metaverse life because in general, when people talk about the metaverse, they're talking about the next thing that's coming along.

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A highlight from The Factory of the Future with Chris Power

a16z

04:12 min | Last week

A highlight from The Factory of the Future with Chris Power

"Advanced manufacturing? Advanced vaccine is an industry term that generally covers the complex and high decision side of all industries, which is usually semiconductor aerospace defense. Basically anything that you think of from like the jetsons flying car future is generally bucketed with an advanced manufacturing. I think it's interesting that this term advanced manufacturing covers an industry which isn't always that advanced or maybe it hasn't kept up with the time. So could you give a couple examples of ways that this space of advance manufacturing is maybe not the reality that people might expect. On the defense side is a great example. You know, everyone sees the defense primes coming out with drone programs or advanced fighter jets and stuff and really fleshy products and marketing and things while everything works perfectly. Onto the hood, once you get below the assembly level, you know, someone making a fighter jet really what they're doing is outsourcing all of the components that the wing, the engine, everything to layer of ten mini primes and 23 suppliers. And then literally 10,000 small supplies done it across the country that are doing everything from a machine component to the circuit board that is one part of the fire control system or whatever. And that entire layer is basically chaos. The B two bomber, which is one of our most strategic assets in terms of a nuclear program about a year ago, the government had to issue an RFQ for some of the parts on the B two, not just to replace the parts, but because no one, you know, the guy that designed it or engineered it retired and they didn't have a document in any way. There's literally no manual document of how to make that pause. So the government had to go out and say, hey, we need someone to come up and reverse it in this entire thing. So the stuff like that that's really scary in another example is we shift the Ukrainians what we thought was three years of inventory of stinger and javelin missiles, which are sold amounts had really cheap missiles that can take out of tank or something. So for providing that to a human force in Taiwan or the Ukraine it's exactly what we want to be sending people to deter invasions. So we ship them three years worth of intrigue, the Ukrainians blew through it in three weeks. And in the right field CEO, basically came out and said, you know, hey, 5 administration you want what's news and javelins. But one, it'll take us a year or two to spin up manufacturing. Secondly, we don't know how to make some of the components anymore. So basically below that veneer of product, everything else is complete disaster. And I think because of the flashy flashy products and you're making like a really incredible fighter jet or drone, people think it's a super advanced sum of the hood. In reality, it's a bunch of people in garage is making components that look like they're out of the fast and the furious too. And it's all duct tape and spit. Yeah, I mean, you use the word insane, but it really does surprise me to hear that there are these examples. And it also sounds like these examples are not unique. I heard in a couple other interviews, you mentioning that 50% of F-16s are grounded because they don't have the requisite parts. Or I think you gave another example of the International Space Station, something happening to it, to hatch getting jammed, and then a similar phenomena happening where they had to go and hunt down a piece of paper. Can you tell that story? They have 16 one is this. But basically, if you look at the DoD stats, more than 50% of the F-16s are grounded and it's mostly because they can't maintain them and it's mostly because they can't get parts and what ends up happening is they end up cannibalizing other planes for parts and that makes the problem worse and worse it was because of this advanced manufacturing supply chain issue, which is not a COVID issue. It's not an inflation issue. It's been going on for years. It's just now that it's coming to the forefront as more and more people are realizing how important defense wasn't is. From the space station one is hilarious. So I don't get some of the details from here. So anyone from NASA is listening. I apologize. But basically, a hatch at the space station gets jammed. And astronauts want to know how much force they're going to apply to on jam the hatch because if they apply too much force and they snap it, like a screwed. So they ask NASA what's the spec for this hatch component and it takes them several days to figure it out because there's no, there's no

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Microsoft unveils four Surface computers and a new folding phone

The Vergecast

02:05 min | 1 year ago

Microsoft unveils four Surface computers and a new folding phone

"Big surface event panos pumped mega pumped screens folding cameras. Improved walk straight yet. So there was eight devices into an update to the so basically the context of this is mike. Smith has a bunch of new surface devices for windows eleven so they will drop in on october fifth and they also have an android successor for the surfaced u as a substitute so got surfaced. Pyrite which. I think. I wrote before they still announced but this is the kind of one. We've been waiting for years. Kind of minas ov- redesign but some Screen changes and internal changes. Fundable this stuff. So that was kind of expected and then really minor change. The surface pro acts as a wifi modal. That was kind of like okay. Cool that's happening. Then the surface go free again. Might changes Prices up upgrades this stuff. So yeah k- cool. We kind of expected that. As well. And i guess the surprise Surprise we were expecting a new surface book. But it's the surface laptop studio so replace but team that sort of name and like the way they did it but basically it's a complete redesign at the surface book. So gone is the detachable display. Which i guess i didn't like pessina and a faint everyone Questioned is it full. I don't think the surfaced laptops g necessarily has a good answer to who is it for either but the the actual design is essentially if you remember the odor acer laptops with the the screen folds for almost pulls food or hatred. Folio they post on. It is kind of that design. So it's not really like the unique design that you would expect from the surface of us. That's kind of like myself really focused. Previous who has been very unique hinges and stuff is like a kind of unique hinge in that sense for the overall designers. Yeah it's like one of those crazy eight laptops that we saw many years ago just looks a lot better and more refined

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Everyone Will Be Able to Clone Their Voice in the Future

The Vergecast

01:49 min | 1 year ago

Everyone Will Be Able to Clone Their Voice in the Future

"World today often feels like it's full of digital voices with a assistant siri amazon alexa and google reading your messages announcing the weather in answering trivia. Here's what i found on the web but if you think things are chatting now just you wait. The voices of these a assistant used to be based unreal recordings. Voice actor spent hours talking in a studio and these clips would-be cut up and rearranged to create synthetic speech but increasingly. These voices are being created using artificial intelligence. This means we can not only create more realistic computer. Voices clone the voices of real people much more quickly creating endless artificial speech at the touch of a button for example it was surprisingly easy to make a synthetic version of my own voice. In case you missed that. That was not me talking. That was all made digitally by typing into a computer. So why would some want to do this. Besides the obvious novelty of it. You might have guessed a reason to make some money. I listen to this was going on. Kevin hart here. I wanna talk to you about why. We have to have mac and cheese every night. Think about it. That's why. I recommend thousands of new shows and this is a promo from baritone one accompany. That's working on an ai product to create synthetic voices and make them something. The media industry wants to us. So we've created a platform. Ai which at the end of the day turns unstructured data into structured data. That's shaun king executive vice president. Ed veritas one. So if you're thinking about audio thinking about video things that are typically unstructured and we make that searchable discoverable author a host of different a cognitive engines that are there from transcription beaker detection speaker separation. And then we provide those tools to you know many different industries that are eating

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Are Amazon's Algorithm Bosses Coming to Your Workplace Next?

WSJ Tech News Briefing

01:37 min | 1 year ago

Are Amazon's Algorithm Bosses Coming to Your Workplace Next?

"You think your boss is watching you at work. Monitoring your every move well if your manager is a series of cameras sensors and algorithms. Then you're not wrong. And that may also mean you work at an amazon fulfillment center. The company known for the detailed tracking of packages and user. Information is also tracking the movements of workers at its warehouses looking to precisely measure efficiency and increase productivity wall street. Journal's tech columnist christopher mims calls this bazo schism named after amazon founder jeff bezos. He's got an upcoming book about it called arriving today from factory to front door why everything is changed about how and what we buy any joins me now. Hi christopher hay zoey. Thanks for having me so christopher you coined the term bazo schism. What exactly does that mean so. Basis ism is the combination of sensors and software to measure. How well somebody is doing their job. And then use software which has of course logic or an algorithm in it which was defined by an engineer. Somewhere to then tell that worker okay. You're doing a good job or you're not doing a good job or you need to be doing this differently. And so bazo. Schism or management by algorithm or management by software. At the end of the day it is just about creating a set of rules and then handing it to a machine to enforce those roles so the person's boss is

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Apple Watch Executive Takes Over Secretive Car Project

Geek News Central

01:09 min | 1 year ago

Apple Watch Executive Takes Over Secretive Car Project

"Apples always pushing the edge. And i thought apple kind of watched walked away from from cars but the apple watch executive is taking over secretive car project now. Just two days before hideaway. Doug field ahead of apple secretive car project that tech china's tap apple watch exact former adobe. Co kevin lynch to take his place so in the latest changing of the guard for the project known as project titan which is rotated leaders about as much as reporting shifted focused They replace individual so he's been working on this since july when he was brought in to help develop the vehicle software. He's been with apple since two thousand thirteen. Curiously bloomberg rights at lynch still reports to apple's cheap chief operating officer jeff williams and not to john daria the company's head of ai. So we'll keep a watch on what's apple doing anything apple build some apple bands will

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Facebook Announces Launch of Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses

Techmeme Ride Home

01:41 min | 1 year ago

Facebook Announces Launch of Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses

"This morning. Launched two hundred and ninety nine dollar ray ban stories smart glasses to let users capture photo and video. Listen to music or take phone calls available to buy in six countries including the us quoting alex heath in the verge they're called rayban stories and you'll be able to find them pretty much anywhere ray. Bans are sold including lenscrafters and sunglasses hut stores the frames feature to front facing cameras for capturing video and photos. They sync with a companion camera. Roll app called facebook. View where clips can be edited and share to other apps on your phone not just facebook's own there's a physical button on the glasses for recording or you can say hey. Facebook take a video to control them hands free and perhaps most importantly they look and feel like regular glasses with their core ability of taking photos and videos. Ray bans stories are essentially a sleeker version of snapchat spectacles which i debuted in two thousand sixteen to a lot of hype. That quickly fizzled. these ray. Bans don't have displays in the lenses like the latest spectacles. That were unveiled earlier. This year however speakers on both sides of the frame can play sound from your phone over bluetooth allowing you to take a call or listen to a podcast without pulling your phone out a touch pad built into the side of the frame. Lets you change the volume or play and pause. What you're hearing. Rayban stories are the first product in a multi year partnership between facebook and european. Eyewear conglomerate issa laura lozada ray bans parent company while they're limited in what they can do. Rayban stories are the most normal looking accessible para smart classes to hit the market so far both companies also see them as they step toward more advanced augmented reality glasses that overlay graphics onto the real

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Amazon Bringing Cashier-Less ‘Just Walk Out’ Tech to Whole Foods

This Week In Google

01:24 min | 1 year ago

Amazon Bringing Cashier-Less ‘Just Walk Out’ Tech to Whole Foods

"Foods is going to be getting the amazon. Just walk out technology. I two stores will be in california in washington. Dc and the the glover park neighborhood of washington dc and in sherman oaks california. This is the the store where you go. You're grab and you go you. Did you try stacey in i. Yeah i there but this is actually bigger so it's the same technology but it's it's a whole it's applied over. Yeah how many cameras. How do you count. How many bananas you got. Let's imagine the computational workload that's happening behind the scenes 'cause. I mean how many people in a grocery store at any given time like two hundred. So when you get to the whole foods you'll you'll scan the The app or insert a credit card linked to your amazon account or and this is very controversial. Place your palm. over palm. scanning system called amazon one yemen came back so but but you could also just scan the app. You need to identify yourself. Somehow i think probably safer to use you. Know phones Authentic happen and it's totally fine. It is annoying catholic eighteen different amazon apps on my phone. True if you opt out of the cashier lists technology There aren't any cashiers. You'll have to use self-checkout or go over to a customer service

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